Quebec City

Old and New

OLLI French Teacher Bern Terry and Assistant Director Cathi Cody-Hudson join up to lead a trip to Quebec City.

Dates: Thursday, December 5 – Sunday, December 8, 2013
Number of participants: 16 maximum, 12 minimum
Deadline to Register: September 16, 2013
***Registration is now closed***

We’re planning a very special long weekend in this most European of North American cities.

Champlain Hotel in Quebec City

We will travel via bus to Montreal, and then by the lovely Canada Rail train to Quebec City, where we will stay in the charming Hotel Champlain in the heart of the Old Upper Town. We’ll explore the German-style Christmas Market, (great timing for holiday gift buying!) enjoy delicious cuisine, art, museums, and explorations of the architecture and history of Quebec. With our central location, members will have time for walking and adventures on their own or in smaller groups.

Price of Trip: $930 per person, double occupancy. $100 additional for single supplement. Note: if you are a single person who would like to request a roommate to avoid the single supplement, please choose that option on the registration form. We will do our best to fulfill this request but cannot guarantee it.

Price Includes

  • Round trip travel via Greyhound bus from Burlington Airport to Montreal
  • Round trip travel via Canada Rail from Montreal to Quebec City
  • Shared round trip taxi from train station to hotel
  • 3 nights hotel (double occupancy, additional single supplement available).
  • All breakfasts (in hotel)
  • One group lunch, two group dinners (not including alcoholic beverages)
  • Entry to the Fine Arts Museum and the Museum of Civilization
  • Shared taxi to Fine Arts Museum
  • Optional daily French Language Instruction with Bern

Street in Quebec City


Passport or passport card is required for travel to Canada. Please check yours for expiration well in advance!

Reasonable degree of physical fitness and stamina: there will be walking on uneven terrain and cobblestones at times. Participants must be able to handle their own luggage,* climb a few flights of stairs and walk on uneven surfaces from three blocks up to one mile at a 2 mph pace over the course of the day.

Enjoyment of group travel, group decision making process, and flexibility with schedules. Ability to handle the stress that can come with international travel.

*We please ask that you pack very lightly into one rolling carry-on bag because with buses, trains, cabs, and walking there will be a fair amount of baggage handling and each person must be responsible for their own luggage.

Trip Itinerary

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Depart Burlington International Airport via Greyhound Bus at 12:01 PM
Arrive Montreal at 2:30 PM

Depart Montreal via CanadaRail at 4:10 PM
Arrive Quebec City at 7:15 and taxi to Hotel Champlain

Group dinner near hotel at 8:30 (very European of us!)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Breakfast and French Instruction (optional) at hotel
Morning outing to Museum of Civilization
Group lunch at a creperie
Afternoon outing to Christmas Market
Dinner on your own or in smaller groups

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Breakfast and French Instruction (optional) at hotel
Morning outing to Museum of Fine Arts (via taxi)
Lunch on your own at Museum (or nearby)
Return via taxi to old city
Walking through old town, Petit Champlain historic area, shops and galleries, coffee and pastries, optional visit to Ursuline convent and museum
Group Dinner

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Early departure!!Travel by taxi to train station.
Depart Quebec City via CanadaRail at 7:45am
Arrive Montreal at 11:04 am*
Depart Montreal via Greyhound Bus at 3:45pm
Arrive Burlington at 6:30pm

*We will have some time in Montreal during our “layover” and can take a walk to Chinatown or other areas near Train/Bus station.